Top 15 Tallest Trees in the World

Trees provide oxygen to the world and give soil consistency. Large trees tend to be ecosystems in themselves that serve as a refuge for many animal species. Here is a list of the 15 Tallest trees in the world.

 
15. Wisteria
 
The 15 Tallest trees in the world
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Wisteria trees are some of the most in-demand plants around the world and are native to China, Korea, Japan, and parts of the United States. While you might see them growing in backyards or creeping up house walls, if they’ve cared for properly, they can become enormous.

One of the largest in the world certainly the most spectacular is the Ashikaga flower park in Japan. It’s 144 years old and now covers an area of about half an acre.

The vines that hang from the tree can become so heavy when in full bloom that it’s not able to support itself so a network of steel pylons is required to allow it to grow.

The canopy is simply stunning and when sunlight shines through, it illuminates everything beneath in a warm pink and purple glow making it one of the most popular botanical attractions in the world.

14. Cheewhat Giant
 
Cheewhat giant tree
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The Cheewhat giant is a western red cedar and is the tallest tree in Canada. It’s near Cheewhat Lake, which is in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island and dwarfed everything around.

The tree was first discovered in 1988, and now it measures 182 feet tall and has a diameter of more than 20 feet, and has about 16 000 cubic feet of a wood, which is enough to produce 450 telephone poles.

Luckily it will never use for that purpose because it is in a protected area which was created in 1971. That was necessary because, on Vancouver Island, at least 87 percent of the old-growth forests have already been logged. If measures not taken of the others, including the cheewhat giant, would almost certainly have chopped down too.

13. Doerner Fir
Doerner Fir
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The Doerner fir in coos county forest Oregon is a coastal douglas fir at just over 327 feet tall. It’s the tallest known non-redwood tree in the world.

It’s a surprise that it managed to grow to this height because the vast majority of the big trees in Oregon were cut down to satisfy demands from the construction industry.

This individual tree was only discovered in 1989, however, having somewhat evaded the loggers and now is expressly protected from suffering a similar fate.

Thought to be around 450 to 500 years old and, it has a diameter of 11 and a half feet, which is by no means the widest known Douglas fur and suggests that there may be an even larger one somewhere out there that one day may be discovered and take the donors for a crown.

 
12. Lagoa Christmas Tree
Lagoa Christmas Tree
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While we all have different trees and shrubs in our backyards, there’s one type that unites millions around the world each year, the Christmas tree. You may have seen ones that appear to be gigantic, such as the one at Rockefeller Center, but these pale in comparison to the one that’s displayed each year in Rio de Janeiro.

The Lagoa Christmas tree is the largest floating Christmas tree in the world and is just shy of 279 feet tall. It forms the centerpiece of the city’s celebrations, and incredibly the star on top weighs two and a half-tons. It floats around the bay during December of every year and is truly a sight to behold, especially with the nightly firework displays that surround it.

11. Centurion
 
Centurion tree
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Centurion is a eucalyptus region that is the tallest tree in Australia. It’s in southern Tasmania at more than 327 feet tall it’s also the largest flowering plant and hardwood tree in the world.

It gets its name from being the 100th noble tree to have been found by Tasmania’s forestry commission, and It’s only still standing by pure chance. It’s surrounded by a secondary forest because virtually all of the other trees from the original Forest have either been cut down or destroyed by fire.

It suffered fire damage in early 2019 which, created a new hollow in the base of its trunk but, for now, it seems to have survived and continues to grow. Access to the tree is limited to protect it from accidental damage, and researchers believe it has far more to go before it reaches its maximum potential height.

10. Tane Mahuta
Tane Mahuta
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Hidden within the waipoua rainforest on the north island of New Zealand, it’s a tree that’s not only huge but has a deep spiritual significance for the local community known as named after the Maori forest god is the Largest known kauri tree in the world.

It’s just under 169 feet tall with a Girth of 62 feet, and people travel from far and wide to get their chance to see it for themselves. Many experiences a form of spiritual realization in its presence and often become so overwhelmed that they start to cry.

That’s a very rare species as a result of deforestation in the 19th century and dieback disease, which is an easily communicable rot. To prevent risks to the tane mahuta, visitors to the forest are required to hose down their shoes and ensure there’s no soil on their clothing before getting close and a series of walkways have been built around it to prevent guests from accidentally damaging the roots.

9. Neeminah Loggorale Meena
 
Neeminah loggorale Meena tree
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Neeminah loggorale Meena is the highest known Tasmanian blue gum tree in the world, at 298 feet. It’s dangerously close to areas of the forest that have been completely decimated by logging.

Luckily it’s managed to escape being cut down thanks to strictly enforced rules by the local forestry commission that protect any tree that’s over 278 feet, and despite being the current holder, it’s known for a fact that individuals have existed in the past that grew to at least 35 feet taller. The species is however highly sought after because its wood is ideal for the use in pulp and the eucalyptus oil that’s vital to the local economy.

But to combat, the felling of century-old trees like these smaller cultivated crops are used to keep up with demand. This specimen’s name means mother and daughter in the aboriginal language, which itself is a controversial choice because the local community has asked that champion trees not be named in this way.

They believe that it gives an added impression of credence to the forestry commission, which they blame for being responsible for why so much of the native forest of Tasmania has been cut down.

8. Bhutan Cypress
Bhutan Cypress tree
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Bhutan Cypress, which is also known as cashmere cypress is a species of evergreen conifer that’s endemic to Bhutan. They’re a garden center tree, and in-home environments, they grow to around 50 feet tall. But In the wild and the right conditions, they’ve known to grow up to three times this height.

There’s currently a claim that one that’s growing in the Himalayas is as tall as 312 feet, but its location is secret, and this is yet to be confirmed. They have scale-like leaves that are blue-green and are increasingly becoming rarer due to the local demand for cypress wood.

The trees also have religious significance in Bhutan, where it’s the national tree and for centuries have been planted around Buddhist temples and bahara monasteries.

7. Sir Vim
Sir Vim
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Ser vim which, grows in the evergreen forest reserve in Tasmania, is the world’s tallest mana gum tree and is part of a group of similarly tall trees in the region that is collectively known as the white knights.

At just under 300 feet high, it’s the tallest of all of them but the existence of the entire group is a surprise because before they discovered the species was only regarded as a comparatively small one. There were original plans to cut them down in the 1930s and 40s, but the logging company decided it would be too difficult to remove the wood from the region.

Later in the 1970s, a road was built to facilitate their removal but because they found it to be so abnormally high, the decision was made to save them, and the forest reserve was created in the surrounding area specifically to prevent any further attempts to fell them.

There are now beautiful trails throughout the forest to allow hikers to see the white knights for themselves and a boardwalk has been controversially built around the entirety of sir vim to protect its roots from visitors but, some feel that it looks like the tree has been handcuff into place.

6. Juggernaut
Juggernaut Tree
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The Juggernaut, which is also known as Grogan’s fault, and spartan are in the Jedediah smith redwood state park in California. At a height of 309 feet, it’s the ninth-largest tree in the world but holds the record as the tallest known single stem coast redwood.

Amazingly it was only discovered in 2014 after a concerted drive by the California state parks foundation to map all of the trees under their jurisdiction.

An aircraft was higher that was fitted with lidar sensors and flew across the parks to scan the terrain below by measuring 85,000 points every second. It took several years before the juggernaut was fully measured, and as well as the enormous height, it was found to have a width of 27.37 feet and an estimated volume of 42,158 square feet.

5. Yellow Meranti
Yellow Meranti

In the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo, researchers have continuously found larger and larger trees during surveys of dense forests. By using aerial scanning techniques, they focus on a specific species of tree called the Yellow Meranti, and in recent years, the record for the tallest has jumped from 288 feet to 308.7 feet in 2016 and then in 2019, they found a new specimen that’s a whopping 330.7 feet tall.

This makes it by far the highest known tropical tree in the world, and it’s thought to be weighty than the takeoff weight of a Boeing 737 that’s without taking the roots into account. This discovery has been named Menara, which is the Malay word for a tower that seems fitting considering if you were to lay it along the ground, it would be longer than a football field. All of the new monsters have been found growing in the Danum Valley conservation area, which is one of the best-protected regions of the rain forest in the whole of southeast Asia.

Along with protecting the plants, it’s also a vital habitat for endangered species like the orangutan, clouded leopards, and forest elephants. Yellow Meranti trees are also considered to be endangered just like the animals because of this extensive deforestation, where the wood is often used to make molds for pouring concrete.

Studies in the region are therefore strictly controlled to prevent too many people from accessing and seeing the natural resources that could potentially be plunder, so researchers are limited in how they can survey. It is quite likely that there may be many more trees, perhaps not even the Yellow Meranti that is taller than Menara, but it may be for some time until we know for certain.

4. Tennessee Treehouse
Tennessee Treehouse
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When some people see a strong tall tree, the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s ideal for building a treehouse. There are some incredible structures around the world, but for a long time, the tallest tree with a house in it could be found in Crossville Tennessee, and it was an incredible structure.

It took a local called Horus burgess more than 11 years to complete, and by that time he had finished, the 10-story house covered an area of 10,000 square feet and dwarfed the 80-foot tall white oak tree built around.

Inside there was everything you could want from a house and plenty more. The structure included a sanctuary, a basketball court, infinite rooms, spiral staircases, walkways, and balconies. A further six nearby trees used to add extra support, and the burgess also built a chapel inside, which he used to officiate 23 weddings. Astonishingly all of this created a cost of just 12,000$, and most of the material was acquired from scrap heaps. It took 258000 nails to hold everything together, and the treehouse became a popular tourist attraction.

Sadly, it did not mean to last was forced to close to visitors in 2012 because it didn’t adhere to building regulations, and in October of 2019, a fire raged through it and burned it to a crisp within 15 minutes. With no on-site electricity and no storms in the area at that time, the cause of the fire was thought to be suspicious but, so no investigations have been launched to find out the truth.

3. Rainbow Eucalyptus
Rainbow Eucalyptus
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One of the most stunning trees for their appearance is the rainbow eucalyptus, and in the right conditions, they grow surprisingly tall. Native to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua new guinea, they’ve been exported around the world and are now grown in a range of different environments because there is no other tree that looks anything like them. 

Their trunks are covered in vibrant colors, and this occurs because of the way that they grow. They can reach up to 250 feet tall with a trunk diameter of as much as 100 inches, and they can reach this size in a relatively short period. This fast rate of growth results in the periodical shedding of strips of bark and this is when the colors of the inner layers become revealed streaks of greens, reds, oranges, grays, and purples that can emerge almost as if been splattered with paint. 

One of the most beautiful rainbow eucalyptus specimens in the world can found on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. They were imported in the 1920s in an attempt to help control soil erosion and to regrow the forest that had cut down the environment proved to be perfect. Some roads now lined with them, with individuals growing more than 200 feet in what is both a surreal and incredible sight.

2. Sumaumeria
Sumaumeria Tree
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The Amazon rainforest is well known for its rich biodiversity, and it’s not just animals that thrive. There are an estimated 390 billion trees from as many as 16,000 different species because of the climate they grow in very few reach the heights of species found elsewhere in the world.

There’s one exception to this called the sumaumeria, it’s a species of a kapok tree and is by far the highest in the rainforest. Growing to an average height of 200-feet there are likely specimens that become far higher, with the current record standing at 252 feet. It’s an incredibly fast-growing species and can raise tens of feet per year means that what may have seemed like an average-sized tree a few years ago may now be the tallest in the rainforest, and we’d never know about it.

Their trunks have a diameter of around 10 feet, and they’re one of the most easily recognizable types of trees in the Amazon basin. They tend to grow on the flood plains of the rivers mainly because when they’re growing, they need huge amounts of water and nutrients to sustain their development.

Their roots grow above ground to protect against the floodwaters of the wet season and can be seen reaching as high as 50 feet up the trunk. Each tree produces hundreds of seed pods that are surrounded by fluffy fiber because of their stature in the rainforest, they’ve become an integral part of local traditions and mythology.

The fluff is used by tribes for the production of blowgun darts and the trees support so many species of animals that they are often the starting point for hunts so integral to the ecosystem these trees are they were seen as sacred by the Mayans and featured in carvings and writings across the region.

1. Hyperion
Hyperion Tree
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The giant redwoods that grow in California are some degree tallest trees in the world. There are a large number of these giants throughout the state, but one that eclipses the rest is known as Hyperion.

First discovered in 2006, it has been measured and verified to be 379.1 feet tall and is in a remote region of one of the redwood national and state parks. Its precise location and details have kept a secret because there are fears that making this information public would encourage people to visit and potentially damage.

It is thought to be somewhere between 600 and 800 years old. It contained as much as 18,600 cubic feet of wood but, it’s unlikely to hold its record for much longer. There’s evidence to suggest that woodpecker activity at its peak has prevented it from growing any further in recent years and with countless other trees vying for its crown. It’s only a matter of time until another giant is found that’ll take the title.

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